13 items from 2015
Let’s say you discover a time machine in your basement. Would you use it to go back and stop Hitler, or would you instead make tiny jumps to tweak the quality of your own life — like taking your friends to Lollapalooza, or perfecting the all-important kiss you flubbed the first time around? For the teens in the found-footage time-travel movie “Project Almanac,” the chance to rewrite history is wasted trying to perfect their high-school experience, which naturally leads to unforeseen consequences — for them, at least, although the aftermath will be plenty familiar to butterfly-effect believers — in a film that squanders its potential.
Nearly five years after Paramount announced its Insurge initiative — a plan to generate 10 pics in the ballpark of $100,000 a year, conceived in the wake of the 2007 microbudget phenom “Paranormal Activity” — the studio has finally unveiled its first title (not counting 2012’s shoestring pickup “The Devil Inside”). But »
- Peter Debruge
It looks like Lauren Cohan could be taking a much-needed respite from the world of shamblings, sickness and psychopaths on The Walking Dead to tangle with creepy demonic dolls. The actress has recently signed on to star in an upcoming horror thriller film called The Boy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohan will play the film.s central character, a nanny who has been brought on board to oversee a "lifelike doll by a bizarre couple who treat it as a real child." The couple may be pitiable and traumatized by the recent death of their young son. However, Cohan.s nanny character begins to believe that the freaky killer Cabbage Patch is Alive! Occupying the director.s chair, will be William Brent Bell, known recently for 2012 exorcism film, The Devil Inside and the 2013 horror thriller, Wer. Set to begin shooting in March in British Columbia, the project.s original »
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a new image from HBO’s upcoming Westworld TV adaptation, featuring Ed Harris as The Man in Black, a character described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man”…
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is produced by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), Lisa Joy (Burn Notice) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), and will see Harris joined in the cast by the likes of Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World), James Marsden (X-Men), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Eddie Rouse (American Gangster), Demetrius Grosse (Justified), Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette), Currie Graham (Murder in the First), Lena Georgas (Ray Donovan), Steven Ogg (Grand Theft Auto V), Timothy Lee DePriest (With the Angels), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Game: Mockingjay), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Angela Sarafyan (The Immigrant), and Simon Quarterman »
- Gary Collinson
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Boy will be produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment.
It is believed a shooting start date is set for March in British Columbia.
Stacey Menear has written the script, which focuses on a nanny (Cohan) who is hired to care for a lifelike doll by a couple who treat it as a real child.
The pair use it as a coping mechanism to deal with the death of their young son, but with strange happenings occurring the nanny starts to believe the doll is alive.
The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan has signed on to star in the upcoming horror-thriller The Boy from Lakeshore Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment. While the actress has appeared in features such as last year's Reach Me and 2010's Death Race 2, The Boy will mark her first leading role in a feature.
The story centers on a young nanny (Lauren Cohan), who has been tasked with caring for a lifelike doll by a strange couple, who use it as a coping mechanism following the death of their young son. The nanny eventually starts to believe more and more that this doll is actually alive.
William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside, Wer) is directing from a screenplay by Stacey Menear. Lakeshore's Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg are producing alongside Jim Wedaa and Vertigo's Roy Lee and Adam Stone. Production is scheduled to begin this March in British Columbia.
Lauren Cohan has »
With their sinister smiles and dead-eyed stares, inanimate dolls are creepy, but they’re even more unsettling when brought to unnatural life. Filmmakers have long tapped into the scary potential of dolls, as evidenced by Child’s Play, Dolls, Annabelle, and many more. Now William Brent Bell is stepping into the sub-genre with The Boy, and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan is set to star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene on AMC’s The Walking Dead) is taking on the lead role in The Boy, a horror-thriller that “centers on a nanny (Cohan) who is tasked with overseeing a lifelike doll by a bizarre couple who treat it as a real child. The couple use the doll as way to cope with the death of their young son, but the nanny becomes increasingly convinced that it is alive.”
A project from Lakeshore Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment, »
- Derek Anderson
Updated Final, 2:03Pm: Full Monday actuals per Rentrak are in, and the year’s box office, through 11 days, is at $379.4M, 1.1% behind last year (that’s $4.27M behind). What’s up? While it’s too early to sound the alarm; it turns out that this weekend’s haul of $126.57M — despite Taken 3‘ s great opening — was off 10% from the same frame a year ago, which minted $140.8M. For the most part, we can attribute it to the fact that we’re dogging Frozen‘s carryover from a year ago. While Lone Survivor‘s wide break made $37.8M during the second frame of January 2014, Frozen in its eighth weekend made $14.7M ($3.4M more than No. 2 Selma did over its Fss).
Taken 3 (Fox), $39.2M, 3,594 locations, $10,908 average; total cume: $39.2M, Wk. 1 Selma (Par), $11.3M, 2,179 locations, $5,189 average; total cume: $13.6M, Wk. 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $9.6M, 2,833 locations, $3,373 average; total cume: $105.1M , Wk. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
While the opening day may be slightly down on last year’s opening for Taken 2, which grossed over $18 million, the threequel still managed to pack them in, grossing an estimted $14.7 million for Friday, which included $1.6million in Thursday night previews.
In addition, Taken 3’s opeing day is the third biggest Friday opening for a January release, just behind Cloverfield ($17.6m in 2008) and The Devil Inside ($16.8m in 2012). And while the overall weekend won’t come anywhere close to Taken 2’s massive $49million opening, it may be just enough to drag Neeson back to the franchise for a fourth time.
Taken 3 is out now at cinemas nationwide in the UK, »
- Scott J. Davis
20th Century Fox Taken 3 had a big Friday, as it grossed $14.7 million. That is the third best opening day figure for a film opening in the dreary month of January. Only 2008’s Cloverfield ($17.16 million) and 2012’s The Devil Inside ($16.8 million) did better. Audiences bestowed a 'B+' CinemaScore, which is the same score Taken 2 received in 2012. Based on Friday's numbers Taken should finish up the weekend with $38.6 million, which would give it the third best January opening weekend. Only Ride Along ($41.5 million) and 2008’s Cloverfield ($40.1 million) had better opening January weekends. Selma will take second and Unbroken will finish in third. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit finale tumbles into the fourth spot aftering finishing in first the past three weekends. Disney's Into The Woods is right behind The Hobbit finale and could overtake it with strong performances Saturday and Sunday. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part »
With a Friday gross of $8.4 million, "The Hobbit" leads a Top Ten roster that totaled $52 million, about 20% higher than the post-New Year's weekend last year. It joins the first two Middle Earth films in getting a three-peat, but because of its later opening date, the period covered includes both weekends after Christmas, making it the first holiday release to do so since "Avatar." "American Sniper," "Selma" and the newly-opened "A Most Violent Year" showed strength among limited releases, with "Sniper" actually above its record-setting number last Friday. In second place for the day is "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death" (Relativity) with $7.8 million. This weekend has been a go-to slot for horror openings in recent years. This gross, likely the high-water mark for the sequel (unlike the first film, not starring Daniel Radcliffe), is below those for "The Devil Inside," "Texas Chainsaw »
- Tom Brueggemann
With only one new title in theatres, the domestic box office will continue to be dominated by holdover titles this weekend, most notably The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The finale to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy took in an estimated $8.3 million yesterday and is now poised to capture first place for a third straight weekend. That equals the records of the first two Hobbit films though, after 17 days, Five Armies has now earned more in its North American run than The Desolation of Smaug did at the same point last year. The lone new release entering 2015’s inaugural frame was The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. The sequel to CBS Film’s 2012 horror sleeper earned an estimated $7.7 million from 2,602 locations on Friday, including $1.5 million from Thursday previews. Full story and Friday’s top five films after the jump. Ever since The Devil Inside opened to »
- Nicole Pedersen
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies held on to first place on Friday, though it did face unexpectedly tough competition from The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $8.38 million, which was off 46 percent from the previous Friday. To date, the movie has earned $207.2 million. For the three-day weekend, its on track to earn at least $22 million.In a close second place, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death opened to an estimated $7.75 million. That's lower than last January's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($8.7 million), and also a tad below the original Woman in Black ($8.3 million).This looks like a good opening, though of course looks could be deceiving. The last three horror movies to open on the first weekend of January were all incredibly front-loaded: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Texas Chainsaw 3D and The Devil Inside all »
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With some extra days off built into moviegoers’ holiday vacations, distribs can be rest assured that multiplex traffic isn’t going to slow. The weekend following Christmas –which is sometimes the first full non-holiday Fss of January or like this year has the New Year’s holiday built into it for four-day frame– is not a slouchy time at the box office. Typically, the frame can dip anywhere from 18-28% from the previous Christmas weekend.
However, there are some years when the holidays fell on a Sunday and the New Year’s frame (2012 specifically) actually spiked 36% over the 2011 Christmas weekend. If the right four quad film is in the market, such as 2010 when the third weekend of Avatar made $68.5M, the first weekend of the year can rally to a total B.O. of $200M+.
Typically, this is a frame dominated by holdovers, so expect last weekend’s triad of »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
13 items from 2015
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